Embrace The Crisp Winds Of Winter
Winter doesn’t mean hibernation in Frontenac County – quite the opposite, actually! It’s time to awaken the senses and take part in the best season.
Here ‘s a list of things to do that will get you excited to throw on a snowsuit.
Escape from the urban grind by booking a two-night stay at Cabinscape‘s Penner Cabin. This cozy, pint-sized cabin is located close to Frontenac Provincial Park, and surrounded by hundreds of kilometres of hiking trails to explore. Unplug and unwind as this backcountry experience will have you feeling like you’re one with nature. You won’t get bored as you enjoy the stunning surroundings during the day and relax beside a warm fire at the end of the day. After the hustle and bustle of the holidays, this is the perfect place to be.
Frontenac Provincial Park in the winter is one of the most serene places to see the southern edge of the Canadian Shield up close.
Visitors can enjoy 11 kilometers of track-set trails that are perfect for hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, and spotting wildlife. Explore the park on the Big Salmon Lake Road, an easy 3.5-kilometre trail with gentle slopes and curves, or the Corridor Trail, a moderately difficult 4.5-kilometre trail bordered by trees with several steep hills. We recommend the Doe Lake Loop and the Arab Lake Gorge Loop for snowshoeing.
Enjoy a weekend of wintry solitude and camp out at Frontenac Park. Book your backcountry camping trip on the Ontario Parks website or contact the Friends of Frontenac Park. Set foot on the snowy trails as you travel to your campsite for a unique and exciting wintery experience.
Getting outdoors during the winter is not only healthy, but a great opportunity to turn the dreary season into a collection of positive memories.
Feed your national pride, the Snowmobile is as Canadian as maple syrup, hockey, or the Beaver! Be apart of what it means to be Canadian and rent a Snowmobile for the weekend. Even if you’ve never tried it before, this is your opportunity to ‘get your Canada on’ in South Eastern Ontario.
Here’s the Unofficial South Eastern Ontario Loop. Begin your day just North of Napanee and follow the E Trail north to Smiths Falls and Perth, looping back around to Sharbot Lake, and eventually back through Stone Mills Township to Yarker and Napanee. You will experience some of the best parts of the region and beyond as you fly through the snow. What’s unique about this loop is all the small communities you will discover along the way.
4. Fat Biking
The best thing about fat biking is that you can point your wheel in any direction and ride the trails throughout South Eastern Ontario. That being said, fat biking is not permitted on the trails at Frontenac Provincial Park. Here’s a couple of trails to use instead!
The 103-kilometre trail known as the Cataraqui Trail starts from Smiths Falls to Strathcona and covers a variety of terrain. With forty-eight access points, the trail gives you a diverse cross-section of the Frontenac Arch Biosphere. You’ll share the trail with skiers, hikers and snowmobilers, as well as deer, rabbits, birds and foxes! Let the Canadian Shield, Frontenac Axis and peaceful farmland be your picture-perfect backdrop.
The K&P is known for long straight stretches that make it feel like you’re travelling through a majestic piece of backwoods Canada. At 15 kilometres long, Kingston’s K&P Trail packs a scenic punch. Stretching from just near the Cataraqui Creek to Orser Road, you’ll enjoy rugged rock cuts and pretty wetlands. Six access points and well-marked trails make this a local favourite.
5. Bird Watching
Wolfe Island is a melting pot of habitats that invite hundreds of species of birds to come and spend their days gazing upon the stunning scenery. You won’t have a problem spotting some of the larger birds that stick to the island in the winter months including owls, harriers and hawks. Our challenge to you? Spot as many as possible while you scour the snowy fields and dense trees.
Being an adult can be a tedious task, and the daily work grind followed by the weight of responsibilities can really damper on your mental health. Consider spending a little time on yourself by taking a retreat to the true Canadian simple life. Enjoy a day soaking up the natural beauty of the surrounding ponds, marshlands and forests.
“Ever-changing and never changing” is the motto Trousdale General Store lives by. Step into a building that has been standing since 1836 and has been owned by a member of the Trousdale family ever since!
Walking through the door at Trousdale’s in Sydenham, is like stepping back in time. The wooden floor creaks in just the right way, the long century-old counters still greet customers and there’s even a spool of string still hanging from the tin ceiling, used for wrapping brown paper parcels long before plastic bags existed.
Not only is Trousdale’s known as the nation’s oldest general store – but what makes it remarkable all these years later is that it has kept safe a treasure trove of history. From the old brass crank cash register to a collection of yardsticks which now adorn the door to the old meat cooler, it’s almost a social museum nearing two centuries old.
Once you have found some special tokens to bring home, saunter over to the historical Blacksmith Shop to Memory Lane Flowers and Gifts. Brighten up your home with a stunning bouquet of beautiful flowers, or grab a special gift for somebody you love!
Edited & Updated By Rosanne Lake and Lindsay Medeiros